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Painting in the Vendée
has such wonderful landscapes and a people who are at home with nature
that it is no wonder that artists flock here to capture the mood,
colours and all those other things that artist crave.
Although of course anywhere and anything can be an inspiration for an
artist, there are a few places here in the Vendée that seem to draw
artists in great numbers. The list below features some but by no means
the only places that attract those with an artistic bent.
Ile d'Yeu. The island of l'Ile d'Yeu
has all the ingredients for an artist's paradise, Quaint harbours,
rocky cliffs and seascapes, boats of all description, fishermen of
character and their equipment, colourful cottages and a lot more, it is
no wonder there are so many artists galleries and workshops here.
Ile de Noirmoutier. As with the Ile d'Yeu the island of Noirmoutier has all the ingredients to attract artists, with the addition of sea salt pans and the passage du gois there are endless topics to be captured.
Green Venice. The part of the Marais Poitevin known as the Green Venice
has attracted artist of all types, not only painters, but photographers
and sculptures for decades. They come to capture the shades of green,
the pretty cottages and a way of life that still lingers from a time
long past along with so many more other aspects of this enchanting
corner of the Vendée.
Vouvant. Known as "le village de peintres", Vouvant
has 13 resident artists and art galleries hosting painting events
through the year. The draw to Vouvant is a combination of things, it is
one of the prettiest villages in France, there is medieval history
everywhere and there is a sense of time stood still that evokes a
passion to paint.
Mallievre. Just like Vouvant, the pretty village of Mallievre on the River Sèvre Nantaise
is a magnet for artists. The combination of a beautiful river lined
with rounded boulders, watermills and other old and attractive buildings
set in a tranquil landscape all make this small village something
special for artist.
River Sèvre Nantaise.
. Though Mallievre may be a village that particularly attracts artists,
the whole of the river Sèvre Nantaise that borders the north east
corner of the Vendée is beautiful. The river has some 140 watermills of
various description with their adjacent weirs, there are viaducts that
cross wooded valleys and the river itself has rounded boulders strewn
virtually all along its length making not only ideal scenes for the
artist to capture, but just as important a most enjoyable environment
for everyone to explore and relax in.
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